The Amigo Guitar Shows are back, and this time, America’s most respected guitar organization is not hosting one, but two guitar shows in California! The first one was held in January earlier this year, but if you missed it, don’t worry – you can still catch the international event at the next California World Guitar Show, to be held on August 19-20 at the O.C. Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.
All Amigo Guitar Shows are international buy-sell-trade events, where attendees bring as many musical instruments and related accessories as they could carry to sell, trade, or have appraised. In the past, there have been displays of everything from guitars, amps, banjos, mandolins, drums, violins, to sound gear, parts, records, and even books and memorabilia. By getting bids from other exhibitors, attendees can quickly establish the market value of their items, so that they could sell or trade them at the right price, and with confidence. They will also be able to meet with representatives from manufacturers, retail stores, online companies, builders and repairmen.
Founded by John Brinkmann, Larry Briggs, and Dave Crocker more than 30 years ago, Amigo Guitar Shows began as America’s first national guitar show, originally held in a Dallas hotel basement. What started as a tiny exhibition attended by a mere dozen dealers have now turned into a legendary event, with shows every year in California, Arlington, Nashville, and Chicago. Today, they are proud to say that the Amigo Guitar Shows have become one of America’s most respected shows, known for their dedication, smooth-running organization, exceptional security, as well as the variety and abundance of foreign and domestic buyers. They are also the only shows co-sponsored by Vintage Guitar Magazine. Their Arlington, Texas show (Guitarlington), in particular, remains the world’s largest and most prestigious consumer guitar event, considered by most exhibitors to be THE show to attend. This year, Guitarlington will be held on October 21-22 at the Arlington Convention Center.
General admission to the California World Guitar Shows is only $20, and child admission (11 or younger) is free if accompanied by an adult, so get your tickets here now!